for April 2002:
FULL MONTY AT THE AHMANSON
LOS ANGELES--The road company of the Broadway hit THE FULL MONTY will open
at the Ahmanson Theatre this month for a run through June 8. With
book by Tony Awards winner Terrence McNally and music and lyrics by
David Yazbek, the musical is directed by Jack O'Brien and choreographed
by Jerry Mitchell.
"The show is
about friendship, about being a parent," said McNally. "It's
also about an image obsessed society that says you have to look like Brad
Pitt. This show says quite the opposite."
the story (originally the basis of a British film) by moving its locale
from Sheffield, England to Buffalo, New York.
THE FULL MONTY is
still playing to sold-out houses on Broadway For further information call
(213) 628-2772 or visit www.TaperAHmanson.com
ELECTRA IN SEATTLE
SEATTLE, WA--Eugene O'Neill's MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA will get a rare
revival at ACT April 25-May 19, starring Jane Alexander (Tony and Emmy
award-winner and a four-time nominee). This new adaptation will be
directed by ACT's artistic director, Gordon Edelstein. Others in the cast
include Clayton Corzatte, Liz McCarthy and Jason Cottle.
ACT's 2002 mainstage
season will also offer DIRTY BLONDES by Claudia
Shear (June 6-30); YELLOWMAN starring and written by Dael Orlandersmith
(July 11-Aug. 4); WINTERTIME by Charles L. Mee (Aug. 22-Sept. 15); FUDDY
MEERS by David Lindsay-Abaire (Sept. 19-Oct. 13); THE EDUCATION OF RANDY
NEWMAN, words & music by Randy Newman (Oct. 24-Nov. 17); and A CHRISTMAS
CAROL by Charles Dickens
Call (216) 292-7676
or visit www.acttheatre.org.
RETURNS TO SCR
COSTA MESA, CA--Richard Greenburg, South Coast Rep's most produced
contemporary playwright, will have his fifth and sixth productions at
South Coast Rep this year.
Opening this month
is Greenburg's THE DAZZLE, a play dealing with the
real-life Collyer Brothers, New York's notorious recluses. The Second
Stage production is directed by Mark Rucker and runs through April 28.
The world premiere
of Greenburg's THE VIOLET HOUR will take place Nov.
5-24, inaugurating SCR's new Julianne Argyros Stage. Directed by Evan
Yionoulis, the play is set in New York City in 1918 and deals with a young
man setting out in a career in publishing. Over the course of a single
workday, a lifetime of personal and public decisions will affect him and
a quartet of close friends.
The Argyros Stage,
designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli and inspired
by theatres on Broadway and London, is the centerpiece of SCR's 38,00-square-foot
expansion. For tickets and information call (714) 708-5555
JFK REVISITED IN CAMPY NEW COMEDY
LOS ANGELES-- JACK, a campy "comedy with songs" about JFK and
the days of Camelot, will have its world premiere April 4-May 4 at Sacred
Theatre in Hollywood. The play is written and produced by Jim Tosney,
directed by Warren Coleman, and has music & lyrics by Tom Megan.
According to its
creators, JACK is "a satirical comedy, with romance,
original songs and dance that is loosely based on the real people and
events surrounding JFK's election and days in office. It is also very
much a fantasy, maintaining a distance from history by eliminating all
the characters' surnames and taking huge artistic license with the facts."
Coleman said, "We're
not going for high camp. The characters are grounded and three-dimensional.
What they do makes sense in their world...such as J. Edgar arriving at
a state dinner in an evening gown."
Sacred Fools Theatre
is located at 660 N. Heliotrope. Call (310)
281-8337 or visit www.sacredfools.org